KPMG–2019 Round 1 and 2

June 21, 2019

My player is Wendy Doolan.

86-81 didn’t get it done. On to the Symetra event in Cincinnati next week.

Pissed down rain for half the round the first day. Definitely got the wrong end of the flop. It was effing miserable!

That reminded me of the time I caddied at the Patty Berg Classic around 1980. It was held at the Keller Golf Course just north of St Paul. It rained so much, they couldn’t mow one of the par five greens so a special rule was put in place. A maximum of two putts was allowed. If you missed the first, you picked it up and moved on. Smile


The ubiquitous gnats didn’t seem to bother one player/caddie team according to Josh, Annie Park’s looper. They have a portable Thermacell hanging on the bag that purports to repel bugs within a fifteen-foot radius. He swears it worked great in Atlantic City and here as well but it’s only described as a mosquito repellent on their website.

Actually, the combination of rain yesterday and wind today kept the little buggers in check.

Thermacell and Annie Park


Oh, did I mention how great the hospitality area is? Check it out. Great place to watch some golf. Only thing missing is some cold ones.

Hazeltine bar


“We have a pool and a pond. The pond is better for you.” — Ty Webb. I have one just outside my window at the Super 8.

Super 8 pond

 


Then there was this:

Man arrested in Topeka for human trafficking According to the LPGA Caddie message board, he’s caddied on both the LPGA and Web.com.

Wie, in tears after 84: ‘Not entirely sure how much more I have left in me’

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KPMG 2019–Wednesday

June 19, 2019

My player is Wendy Doolan.

Another eighteen today with Annie Park. Fifty-four holes should do it.

Smile


The Pro-Am was held yesterday so we practiced during the split and after the second wave.


Touched them all on Sunday. Had the course to ourselves. Monday we played with Haru Nomura. She only played nine so had the back to ourselves once more. I thought the course would be jammed but was pleasantly disappointed.


Minnesota is the “land of ten thousand lakes” and ten billion gnats. They’re brutal this week.


Look who I found volunteering at Caddie HQ. It’s Dennis Quinn aka “Big Dennis”. Dennis caddied on tour and packed it in after the 2007 Women’s British Open at St. Andrews.

Me and Big Dennis Quinn


Caddies dine with the players this week and a couple items may turn out to be favorites. Custom made smoothies and milkshakes are available.

Hazeltine smoothies and shakes

Also provided are candies from all the countries represented. Nice touch.

Hazeltine candy


Long is an understatement when describing this track. The par fives (568, 512, 550, and 541) are unreachable, except for the chosen few, unless they sneak up the tees. It looks like they will.


Yardage books were made by Bucket Boy and are complementary to players and caddies this week but greens books are $100 as usual.


B-Ham (Britney Hamilton) arrived on Sunday and decided to take an Uber to the course. Didn’t seem like a problem until the bozo ran out of gas on I-394! Another Uber was called to complete the trip. The upside of the story is that a $75 ride turned into one of only $35 after another Uber was summoned. Sweet.


Pete Smith is looping for Sarah Kemp and is sporting the start of a Wilfred Brimley mustache. That’s Pete, not Sarah.


Quote of the week: After ripping her tee shot on nine today, Wendy reflected, “The ball goes pretty far when I hit it down the middle.”


Forsyth Classic 2019–Wednesday

June 12, 2019

This is the final year for the Forsyth Classic. Funds were not available to continue from what I hear. This tournament has been a fixture on summer calendar in Decatur for over 30 years.


Since I had to leave Decatur early, I hooked up Min Lee with Jeff DeCoen. They were in today’s pro-am and were short two amateurs so Jeff got to play.


A new tournament scheduled for Janesville Wi was short lived. It has officially been canceled. C’est la vie.


This is a good read. Hiked past Hope’s place many times the last two winters.

Bob Hope house in Palm Springs, long an architectural footnote, approaches masterpiece status


Then there was this:

LPGA partners with Genius to implement betting integrity programme


Four Winds Invitational – 2019 Round 3

June 9, 2019

My player is Panitta Yusabai.

It was déjà vu all over again. The same score has us finishing three over for the event.


Happy 70th birthday to me! Feel better now than when I was 68 Smile


During round one, the field staff had a hole change notification on the ninth tee. Unfortunately, it was left over from the pro-am. Oops!


One picture is worth a thousand words or a couple thousand dollars. I’ll take the latter.

Me and Min Lee after the win in Pottstown 2019 cropped

It was a KFC moment or Popeyes if you prefer.


I had a loop for Decatur next week but can’t do it. Have to be at the KPMG on Sunday for a practice round. Still going there but I’ll be watching the U.S. Open instead.


Four Winds Invitational 2019 Round 2

June 8, 2019

My player is Panitta Yusabai.

Another day like yesterday but closer to the fairway this time. Smile


Symetra rules official Jane Reynolds (aka JR), is retiring after the Island Resort Championship held in Harris MI. Good luck JR and Godspeed.


The weather is not promising tomorrow. Could be a two-round event.


Four Winds Invitational 2019–Round 1

June 7, 2019

My player is Panitta Yusabai.

We played “Joan Joyce golf” and finished one over. For those who are unfamiliar with Joan, a fairway was a seldom visit.


Four Winds Invitational 2019–Thursday

June 6, 2019

My player is Panitta Yusabai.

Picked up Panitta through the caddie network. Played nine this morning. A 10am pro-am precluded any more golf. Walked the other nine when we finished.


Neil Carter is here starting a four week run with Elin Arvidsson and Upstate Jay grabbed Alexis Belton after being unceremoniously let go by Maude-Aimee Leblanc and replaced by her mother.


A communication snafu had Pannita sending me a very terse and somewhat disturbing text with multiple exclamation marks. It’s all good now.


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